Drought Has Ended Over Southern Wisconsin

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1020 AM CDT THU MAR 21 2013

...THE DROUGHT HAS ENDED OVER FAR SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...

.SYNOPSIS...A VERY WET AND SNOWY WINTER WHICH HAS CONTINUED INTO
MARCH HAS GIVEN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF MOISTURE
TO END THE DROUGHT. SUFFICIENT SOIL MOISTURE IS EXPECTED FOR THE
BEGINNING OF THE GROWING SEASON ONCE IT BEGINS.  
 
.LOCAL AREA AFFECTED...A DROUGHT IS NO LONGER OCCURRING OVER 
SOUTH CENTRAL...SOUTHEAST...OR EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.   

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN THIS
WINTER INTO EARLY SPRING WITH 8 TO 12 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT
PRECIPITATION. THIS IS 3 TO 5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL OR 150 TO 185
PERCENT ABOVE NORMAL. 

PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
FROM DECEMBER 1 2012 THROUGH MARCH 20 2013...

CITY            COUNTY           PCPN       SURPLUS/DEFICIT

NWS SULLIVAN    JEFFERSON       11.34            4.89
MILWAUKEE       MILWAUKEE       11.69            4.91
MADISON         DANE            10.24            4.55
RACINE          RACINE           9.56            4.28
KENOSHA         KENOSHA          9.10            3.41

.SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS...SOIL MOISTURE HAS IMPROVED GREATLY DUE
TO A WET WINTER. SUFFICIENT SOIL MOISTURE IS EXPECTED FOR THE START
OF THE GROWING SEASON. 

.GROUND WATER IMPACTS...WELL WATER LEVELS HAVE RISEN THIS WINTER AND
WILL RISE MORE ONCE THE SNOW MELTS AND THE GROUND THAWS. 

.RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS...WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
HAS FALLEN THIS WINTER ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. SEVERAL ROUNDS OF
SNOW MELTS AND RAIN EVENTS HAVE RESULTED IN NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
FLOWS ON AREA RIVERS.

.AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...SUFFICIENT SOIL MOISTURE IS EXPECTED FOR THE
START OF THE GROWING SEASON.        

FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CONDITION OF THE CROPS...PLEASE REFER TO THE
USDA WISCONSIN CROP PROGRESS REPORT AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE
ADDRESS...

WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/STATISTICS_BY_STATE/WISCONSIN/PUBLICATIONS/
CROP_PROGRESS_&_CONDITION/2012/CWCURR.PDF

.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IS CLASSIFIED AS LOW FIRE
DANGER BY THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES...DUE TO THE
SNOW COVER AND OVERALL WINTER CONDITIONS.  

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VERY COLD TEMPERATURES EARLY
THIS SPRING ARE EXPECTED TO WARM TO NEAR NORMAL OR POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY
ABOVE NORMAL BY LATE APRIL OR MAY. THERE ARE SLIGHTLY HIGHER
PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION TO CONTINUE THIS
SPRING.  

FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR
NOVEMBER AND WINTER...PLEASE VISIT THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
WEBSITE...

HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT
THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION...PLEASE CONTACT...

MARK GEHRING
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WISCONSIN

MARK.G.GEHRING@NOAA.GOV  /ALL LOWER CASE/

.RELATED WEB SITES...THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES WERE REFERENCED TO
ACCESS INFORMATION FOR THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT. NOTE ALL
LINKS SHOULD BE IN LOWER CASE LETTERS...

UNITED STATES DROUGHT PORTAL...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV/PORTAL/SERVER.PT/COMMUNITY/DROUGHT_GOV/202

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION...
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CLIMATE/INDEX.PHP?WFO=MKX

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WISCONSIN...
HTTP://WI.WATER.USGS.GOV

MIDWEST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...
HTTP://MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV_INDEX.HTML

WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM...UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE...
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES...
HTTP://DNR.WI.GOV
HTTP://READYWISCONSIN.WI.GOV/DROUGHT/

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE WISCONSIN...
HTTP://WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/WI

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT
INVOLVING NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC
DATA CENTER...THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE...STATE
AND REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS...AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.

INFORMATION FOR THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WISCONSIN...
NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER...WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT
SYSTEM...NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER... MIDWEST REGIONAL CLIMATE
CENTER...HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...UNTIED STATES
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS...WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES...AND THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL
STATISTICS SERVICE WISCONSIN.

.NEXT ISSUANCE...DUE TO THE END OF THE DROUGHT...THIS IS THE LAST
DROUGHT STATEMENT CONCERNING THIS DROUGHT. 

$$
GEHRING/WOOD NWS MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WISCONSIN



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